Living Future Community

The Living Future Community is a group of individuals united by a common passion for regenerative building practices.

We think buildings should  holistically address energy, water, materials, and waste systems. As part of Green Building United, our education and advocacy efforts are uniquely rooted in a net positive philosophy - focused on functional built environments that are aesthetically pleasing and cohesive with surrounding landscapes.

Living Future Community Volunteers

Co-Facilitators: Jason Curtis and Kristen Suzda 

Wolfram Arendt | Amy Cornelius | Kate Flint | Michelle Jordan | Scott Kelly | Drew Lavine | Chris Lee | Charles Loomis | Lisa Shulock | Natalie Walker 

Whether you are new to deeper green building practices or have been off-the-grid and wholly sustainable for decades, we want you to learn and grow with us! 

Inspired by the Living Building Challenge* (LBC) out of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Future Community started as the Living Building Challenge - Philadelphia Collaborative before uniting under Green Building United's umbrella in 2017. Since then, our work has expanded beyond LBC to include other ILFI standard and net positive policies and practices.

Together, the Living Future Community:  

  • Seeks broader inspiration and collaboration with peers and leaders from around the world, facilitating educational series and events within Green Building United, and teaching in K-12, college, and professional settings.
  • Participates in the creation of living buildings, sites, and communities within our region.
  • Advocates for a deeper approach to sustainable development in our workplaces, governments, educational institutions, and media.
  • Grows, shares, and acts upon our knowledge and expertise to help move our community towards a greater balance with nature.
  • Believes that an ecologically restorative, socially just, and beautiful built environment is not just good for the planet, but it is good for those who live here too.


*New to the Living Building Challenge? Learn the basics! 

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Interested in learning more about Living Building Challenge (LBC)? Our Living Future Community includes a group of LBC experts who can teach new audiences all about the regenerative design framework. There are two FREE opportunities for you to plug into! 

Option 1: Live LBC 101  

Join one of our LBC Ambassadors for a live presentation, where you can learn about LBC, participate, and ask questions. Simply register for one of the dates below and you will receive a confirmation receipt with zoom access details. Please note the content is the same for each date but presenters will vary.

Thursday, September 2nd | 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET - Register

Weds., January 19th (2022) | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET - Register

Thursday, April 14th (2022) | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET - Register

Option 2: We'll Come to You

Whether it is for your school, workplace, or organization, our trained ambassadors will tailor their presentation to your audience.

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Thank You to Our 2021 Living Future Community Activities Sponsor


Volunteer Opportunities 

Community Council Meetings 

The Living Future Community Council meets the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ET. If you are interested in joining, please contact Co-Facilitators, Kristen Suzda or Chris Lee for meeting access details. All knowledge and experience levels are welcome! 


Education + Events 

If you want to help develop educational offerings around living buildings, regeneration, and more - as conference sessions, webinars, networking, and other formats - this opportunity is for you. This volunteer commitment is flexible and could entail writing educational content in blogs and newsletters, and/or helping lead event planning, implementation, and follow-up. . 

Please contact Chris Lee if interested. 


Young Adult Sustainable Design Education Initiative

In 2018, volunteers from our Living Future Community set out to educate young people about sustainable design as a way to “sow the fields for the future.”  The first ever high school course structured around the holistic sustainability framework of Living Building Challenge was pioneered with Upper Dublin High School that year and is now entering its third curriculum year!

In this Holzchat interview, hosted by Green Building United members Ilka Cassidy and Steve Hessler, the Living Future Community’s initiative co-chair Drew Lavine and Upper Dublin High School Environmental Science Teacher Erin Loch discuss how this experiment in sustainability education came to be and where it is headed next.

If interested in helping with these efforts, please contact Drew Lavine  and Jason Curtis

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